I’ve been job hunting recently because I am relocating from Devon to Somerset, and I was rather hoping to get back into Libraries. Sadly I can’t wait for that piece of lightning to strike, and so I have decided to take all of my best skills and consider what I’m good at and how I can apply that to a job. Luckily for me, I was given an interview by the NHS for an Administrator role, and was successful. So I was thinking that I should get down on ‘paper’ for anyone considering a role like this, and going for an interview and looking for interview questions, what good administrative qualities might look like!
Attributes of a good Administrator:
Good communication skills
Skilled in new & emerging technology
Positive body language
Apptitude for detail
Appitude for self development
Natural like of helping people
Balances priorities and has good organisation skills
Mentor and enabler
Innovates using educational opportunities
Works autonomously & well within a team
Flexible approach to work
Uses reflective practice
Explores through discussion
Understanding of localised vernacular whilst maintaining ability to use laymans terms
Sensitivity where appropriate
Confidentiality where appropriate
Works within corporate policies at all times
When you’re preparing for your interview, think of the answers in terms of 500 word paragraphs or bullet point trigger words. Practice your answers ‘out loud’.
Tell me a bit about yourself?
Why do you want this job?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
What do you know about this role?
What developmental needs do you anticipate and how would you resolve these?
What do you consider to be the good qualities of an Administrator?
What would you consider to be one of your best achievements?
Can you give an example of when you’ve worked under pressure?
Can you give an example of when you were in a difficult situation and how you resolved it?
What can you bring to this role?
Do you have any questions?
Think about your transferable skills…
and finally, remember that the interviewer is anxious too – they are trying to fill a role with the right person. Take your notes into the interview with you, it shows that you’ve taken the time to prepare – this will be extremely helpful, especially when it comes to the questions you’ve prepared as they may have answered them already.
“thoughts from scarlettlibrarian…”